Friday, November 7, 2014

65 Years of Birthdays at Community Hospital-Fairfax!

In a day where most critical access hospitals have eliminated obstetrical care, Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) is celebrating 65 years of birthdays! For many families, three  or even four generations now proudly call their place of birth Fairfax.
OB Suite in the Old Hospital

Obstetrical care has changed a great deal since the hospital's opening on November 7, 1949. In the 1980 version of the CH-F newsletter, The Pulse, the Community Hospital Association Visiting Hours and Regulations were published:
·         Siblings of newborns may visit the nursery window one time, for fifteen minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
·         Fathers may visit in obstetric department any time between 12 noon and 8:30 p.m.
·         Children under 12 are not allowed in second floor waiting areas.

Dr. Burke gives Markie Lou a
 squeeze at her appointment.

Despite the changes in medical care and traditions, the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world remains the same. So does the personal care that families receive at CH-F. Just recently, Stephen, Tiffanie and Stevie Gaines welcomed a Markie Lou into their family. Tiffany and Stephen are both life time residents of Northwest Missouri. When time came for them to grow their family, choosing to stay local was an easy decision.

“I truly don’t think that there is a better place than CH-F to have a baby; the doctors, nurses, facilities and food are top of the line. Thank you again for the great care we received during our stay.”

Tiffanie and Stephen feel very comfortable with their decision to have Markie in Fairfax.

“In a bigger hospital, you might end up with whatever doctor is on call instead of the doctor that you are most comfortable with. I felt at ease knowing that Dr. Burke would be there when I delivered,” Tiffanie explained.
Drs. Burke, Carpenter and Luem celebrate with the
CH-F Nursing Staff after being acknowledged by
the March of Dimes for zero elective deliveries before 39 weeks.

Aron Burke M.D. and Dustin Carpenter M.D. continue the tradition of obstetrical care at CH-F. Both physicians spent their first day on earth at Community Hospital-Fairfax and both are now delivering the next generation of Atchison and Holt County residents!

For more information about CH-F obstetrical services contact Dina Ridley, RN or Marcee Dougan, RN at (660) 686-2211 or visit

Today's Obstetrical Suite